Figs are one of my favourite fruits, dried or fresh they are delicious. This cake uses dried figs as I was looking through our pantry and discovered a sad looking bag of dried figs that had been forgotten about. I also realised that I hadn’t made a cake since my niece’s birthday two weeks ago which is far too long to go without cake! This cake was definitely the product of looking in cupboards to see what I had to make a cake from but it turned out to be delicious! Fig rolls are one of my favourite biscuits and when you find a piece of fig in this cake it is like biting into a fig roll.
I bought some pears a couple of weeks ago and they just aren’t ripening so I thought they would hopefully be better if I baked with them. I enjoy replacing some flour in cakes with ground almonds as they make cakes taste even better. If I was making this in the winter I would put a teaspoon of cinnamon in but as it is spring I thought I would use vanilla in instead.
- 2 medium eggs
- 50g soft dark brown sugar
- 50g golden caster sugar
- 100g butter
- 75g self raising flour
- 50g ground almonds
- 2 pears, peeled and cut into cm pieces
- 5 dried figs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Handful of flaked almonds, to scatter on top
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C
- Cream the butter and sugars together in a bowl until pale and fluffy.
- Add the eggs and vanilla along with the flour and ground almonds, then mix until smooth.
- Add the pears and figs, mix until they are distributed throughout the mixture.
- Place in a lined 18cm round tin then scatter the top with flaked almonds.
- Bake for 35 minutes, leave to cool.
Enjoy! H x